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Collector Interview 19 – Kevin Hopson

Kevin's shopfront


If all collections and collectors were the same, this section of the Source Blog would be completely redundant, as would the mass of collection showcase threads across all the online Transformers community forums. We have featured collections that are very niche, hyper-rare and highly specific to obscure sub-lines of Transformers and pre-Transformers, but Kevin Hopson’s collection is as pure and …

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Who Is Tigertrack? – Part 2

Heritage


Who is Tigertrack and why does he deserve a Transformers Masterpiece release? That’s the question we asked last week, and we saw that yellow was the colour we could originally have gotten “Sideswipe” in for Transformers. Had this plan gone two steps further – stock art and photography – before being changed, we’d have another Blue Bluestreak on our hands. …

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Who Is Tigertrack? – Part 1

Just a 'Yellow Sideswipe'?


Who is “Tigertrack” and why does he deserve a Transformers Masterpiece release? Well, he’s just a yellow repaint of MP-12 Masterpiece Lambor (Sideswipe), an homage to the 2004 reissue exclusive “Tigertrack” – another yellow repaint of G1 reissue Sideswipe, right? A poor man’s Masterpiece Sunstreaker, right? Wrong. Over the next 2 weeks I hope to convince you that there …

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Binaltech: Asterisk BTA-01 to BTA-03

The human infestation begins


Once in a while, spin-offs can be enjoyed more than the source. I prefer Stargate Atlantis to SG1, Deep Space 9 to TNG, Spawn: The Undead to Spawn and Ketchup to tomatoes. In late 2005, when the main Transformers Binaltech line by Takara in Japan began to wane in popularity, just before it was placed on indefinite gardening leave, Takara …

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Survivors – Part 1

Childhood vs Adulthood


Legendary Diaclone Black Tracks from Finland or a regular and used Transformers G1 Thundercracker from the UK? Which would you choose? I’d choose Thundercracker, every time, now and forever. Not just any Thundercracker though, just this one, from my childhood collection of Transformers toys. It is nigh-on impossible to find any collector who does not have extremely fond memories and connections …

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Even More News To Me

A tremendous mistake


The passage of time continues to bring us brand new discoveries in the vintage world of Transformers and pre-Transformers collecting. We’re nearing the 30 year anniversary of the first release of The Transformers, and we’ve already surpassed that mark for Diaclone and Micro Change, and despite those milestones this amazing hobby and area of toy collecting still present gems, gifts, mysteries and …

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Leap Of Faith

Faith in your friends


If you change your mind, I’m the first in line. Honey I’m still free, take a chance on me. But what if you don’t have time to make up your mind? A split second decision can be the difference between a phenomenal victory after a leap of faith, or an unmitigated and expensive disaster of bad judgement. If you’re into rare toys …

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Black & White

Hot fuzz


We know robots are cool and cars make for popular toys. We also know cars that transform into robots are exceptionally cool, but there is a special place reserved in the hearts of children (and adults!) for transforming cars which happen to be emergency vehicles. Whether it’s G1 or Diaclone, Robots In Disguise or Binaltech, the police car remains a talismanic member of a toy line….

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Alternators Artwork Gallery – Part 2

Alternators Meister original box artwork (Marcelo Matere)


The packaging for a Transformer is so much more to most of us than just a container for the toy we’re after and a pretty picture or two designed to entice us. As collectors we don’t usually need the box artwork to do any talking, we already know what’s inside and have made our decision, even moreso with newer …

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Mail-away G1 Transformers – Part 1

US G1 mailaway tech specs


“I never had that one as a kid!” Many collectors will tell you that their first foray into adult toy buying was fuelled by a potent mixture of nostalgia and freshly discovered freedom or disposable income. Whatever came next can be blamed on obsessive behaviour and all manner of other excuses! It’s one thing to buy all the toys our parents denied us …

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